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Shubman Gill seems so lazy: Kevin Pietersen

By Bet Barter

May 2, 2021

Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen feels that KKR batsman Shubman Gill doesn't fit the speed of the game. Pietersen is really fond of the young batsman, but the way he is performing in the Indian Premier League is quite surprising. A few months back, Gill made his Test debut for India during the Test series against Australia. The young opening batsman played some great knocks Down Under, but from the England series, he hasn't been able to replicate the same form.

In the 14th season of the Indian Premier League, Shubman Gill's numbers are underwhelming. He has scored 15, 33, 21, 0, 11, 9 and 43, respectively. Last year in UAE, Gill amassed 440 runs for KKR from 14 games. In comparison to last year, his form this season is a matter of concern. Kevin Pietersen explained how Gill needs to be a little more proactive and busier while batting. Thus, this is will surely solve his problem. 

I'd like him to get a little bit busier and more proactive: Kevin Pietersen

In their last match against Delhi Capitals, KKR batters only scored 154 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Kolkata Knight Riders struggled for 75-5, but then Andre Russell smashed 45 off 27 balls and helped the side put up a decent score. Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi got off to a great start but failed to convert it into big scores. Gill scored 43 runs off 38 balls with two boundaries and a six. This wasn't one of his quickest innings, but the batsman appeared a lot better. Kevin Pietersen wants Shubman Gill to show a bit more intent, which will keep the player in a good mindset while batting.

Skipper Eoin Morgan was once again ineffective as he was dismissed for a duck. The decision of promoting Sunil Narine also did not pay off either. Andre Russell (45* off 27 balls) finished the match with some massive sixes and helped KKR surpass the 150-run mark on the last ball of the innings. This was KKR's fifth loss of the season in seven matches. On the other hand, DC registered their fifth victory this season to obtain a second place in the points table. Kolkata Knight Riders will play two more games in Ahmedabad before moving to Bangalore for their final five league matches. Meanwhile, KKR's head coach Brendon McCullum has spoken about changing the opening combination in the forthcoming games.

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